Posted: 10:15 am Monday, April 14th, 2014

No. 1 stunner: A look at Tech’s series win over top-ranked FSU 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech claimed its biggest series win of the season by far this weekend, taking two of three games from Florida State, ranked No. 1 in three polls, at Russ Chandler Stadium. A look at the numbers:

1. Tech’s RPI ranking jumped from 57 at the start of last week (and 83 the week before after getting swept by Pittsburgh) to 33.

2. The Jackets scored 10 of their 21 runs against FSU in the first inning of the three games, allowing them to take leads of 5-0, 1-0 and 4-0.

3. Prior to this weekend, Florida State had won 12 consecutive regular-season series, including 9 in a row in the ACC.

4. The Jackets have now held their opponent to five or fewer runs in 17 consecutive games, the longest such streak in coach Danny Hall’s 21 seasons at Tech. (Run production has declined considerably since the 2011 season, when NCAA rules were changed to limit the potency of bats.)

5. Tech’s 12-4 win on Saturday was the most lopsided loss for Florida State since the Jackets’ 10-0 win in Tallahassee, Fla., last March. Prior to Saturday, the Seminoles hadn’t given up 12 runs in a game since the 2012 season.

6. Tech starter Devin Stanton has pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings, six against Duke and six against Florida State. Combined, starters Josh Heddinger, Stanton and Matthew Grimes pitched 15 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned), striking out 15 and walking four, and holding Florida State to a .233 batting average. The Seminoles had come into the series hitting .286.

7. Freshman shortstop Connor Justus was 4-for-9 with 3 RBI and 2 runs in the three games, including a critical 2 RBI single with two strikes in the first inning of Friday’s game. Justus also extended his errorless streak to 20 games. Justus hit his first two home runs of the season and his career earlier last week in wins over Georgia Southern and Savannah State.

8. Tech is 6-3 in its past nine games against teams ranked No. 1 in one or more polls. The Jackets are also 6-3 against ranked teams and 17-11 against unranked teams. Tech could have a chance to play another No. 1 when it faces Virginia (No. 1 in one poll) in Charlottesville, Va., May 9-11.

UGA next

Tech plays Georgia Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium at 7:30 p.m. (CSS). The Bulldogs won the first game 1-0 in walk-off fashion March 4 in Athens. The game hinged when catcher Mitch Earnest’s throw to second on a base-stealing attempt flew into center field. Tech argued for batter’s interference. Sean McLaughlin took third and scored on the next pitch as Brandon Stephens hit a single up the middle for the game winner.

Georgia has won three consecutive series and is No. 46 in RPI. A win at Russ Chandler for Georgia would be its fourth in a row over Tech, something the Bulldogs haven’t done since 2001-02, and give them the season series for the second consecutive year.

17 comments
BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Outstanding job by the Diamond-Jackets!

Hopefully it'll carry over against the dwags.

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Now to the BIG issue at hand.......Is that non-sense from Augusta yesterday considered acceptable?

Are GT fans now content with Kooooch losing Green Jacket after Green Jacket to Bubba the Dwag?

I was certainly upset......Again!! :(

forexbomb
forexbomb

Great day for baseball on Saturday!  It was one of those times in baseball... Everything GT did was perfect.... Amazing group of freshman.. Let's hope they stay and play awhile....

Old-Bill
Old-Bill

The fans were sticking around the see Winston.

Taylor_Clark
Taylor_Clark

Only got to make it to the Saturday game, but it was a great crowd. Hopefully gonna be able to get to the UGA game tomorrow.

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

Good time to get hot - pretty tough schedule the rest of the way.


Did we just get a point guard transfer from South Florida? 

juvenal
juvenal

hope these frosh stick around a while.......

sbreslin
sbreslin

FSU fan here...was quite surprised by GT's ability to jump on our starters early in the games. GT has a good squad with a bright future. Fun atmosphere at Russ Chandler all weekend.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@BigCrimson75  Yeah!   We're gonna hold him accountable for that by ... doing ... something?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@BigCrimson75  Augusta plays best to long drivers.  Bubba is one of the longest on tour.  Kuchar's best chances will come in the other majors.


Also, I don't really think GT fans, the Institute or anyone connected with the GTAA really has much say over the Masters, the PGA or golf outside of the NCAA ranks.


But don't let that get in the way of your trolling.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@BigCrimson75  

Of course, we were all disappointed, but Kuch is still ranked higher than Bubba overall.  I heard something interesting about Bubba today.  I don't know if it is 100% true or not, but apparently, the mutt fans think more of Bubba than Bubba thinks of them or the school.  It seems that he got treated badly by the golf coach in Athens when he was there and had some harsh words about that experience back then.  Regardless, and I WAS pulling for anybody but Bubba, he is a classy young man, and a far better representative of his alma mater than are the fans or the other athletes there.  They don't deserve somebody as good as he is.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@juvenal  Unless they leave or transfer, they can't declare for the draft until after their Jr. year.  Looks like we could have a real good team for the next couple of years.

billbrockman
billbrockman

@sbreslin FSU fan, I tip my hat to your fans.  I've seen it before, but to stick around cheering and rooting for your team when you're trailing 12-0 is pretty special.  I have to say those choreographed chants are soooo annoying, though.  Best atmosphere all three days I've seen at the Rusty C in years.

juvenal
juvenal

be nice to have some senior leadership...wish more games were on the satellite, quite a trip for both of us.......will the spring game make e$pn?  don't do much those particular Fridays........

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@billbrockman The Legend of your QB continues to grow. While he mite not ply in the MLB, he was a CLASS act both days he was here signing autographs for GT and FSU fans alike....... Good times when ur teams roll into Atlanta. GO JACKETS!